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Heritage Month to Kick Off at New Natural Area

Department of Arkansas Heritage Storyline - April 26, 2018

A May 2 opening with Gov. Asa Hutchinson is planned for Rattlesnake Ridge, the newest addition to Arkansas’s system of natural areas, managed by the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC), a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH). The dedication will take place at 2 p.m. at Rattlesnake Ridge Natural Area, located in Pulaski County just west of Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Parking is across the street from the state park: 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road, Little Rock, AR 72223. Shuttle service to and from the natural area will begin at 1

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Annual Juneteenth celebration to be June 16 at MTCC

Storyline - April 26, 2018

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will host its annual Juneteenth celebration on June 16. MTCC hosts the festival each year to celebrate African American freedom and achievement. This year’s event will be Saturday, June 16, from noon to 6 p.m. and will include vendors, food

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Jacob Wolf House Announces Summer Hours

Storyline - April 26, 2018

As the summer vacation season approaches, the Jacob Wolf House Historic Site in Norfork announces its summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with self-guided tours available on weekends. The Jacob Wolf House Historic Site preserves, protects and promotes Arkansas’s oldest

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‘A Piece of My Soul’ Returns to Old State House Museum

Storyline - April 26, 2018

The Old State House Museum is pleased to announce that its latest exhibit, “A Piece of My Soul: Quilts by Black Arkansans” will open to the public on April 27. Back by popular demand, “A Piece of My Soul” will immerse museum goers in the rich cultural legacy

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Uptigrove and Voss Accept New Positions with HAM

Storyline - April 26, 2018

It has been a busy spring at Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM), with new roles for two of its staff members: Donna Uptigrove, who accepted the position of deputy director, and Carey Voss, who accepted the position of curator of exhibits.

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HAM’s Foodways Dinner Series an Enthusiastic Success

Storyline - April 26, 2018

Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM) is halfway through the inaugural year of the “History is Served: Arkansas Foodways Dinner Series.” The series, a program of the Arkansas Foodways Initiative, consists of four dinners that allow guests to explore Arkansas’s food heritage through historically themed meals.

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Wendy Richter Named Director of the Arkansas State Archives

Storyline - April 26, 2018

In March, Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst named Dr. Wendy Richter as state historian and director of the Arkansas State Archives (ASA). Richter previously served as director of the Archives, then known as the Arkansas History Commission, from 2005-2012. She has over

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Arkansas History Commission Elects New Chairman

Storyline - April 26, 2018

At its March 8 quarterly meeting, the Arkansas History Commission elected Jason Hendren as chairman. A central part of his mission as chairman of the commission will be to increase awareness of the need for donation of historical artifacts and documents to the Arkansas

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Historical Marker Program Approves First Marker

Storyline - April 26, 2018

The Arkansas Historical Marker Program approved its first marker on Tuesday, April 3. The marker will commemorate the Woodruff County Courthouse in Cotton Plant, completed in 1902 and constructed to serve the southern district of the county. The building, designed by noted Arkansas architect

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Plans Revealed for Restoration of Mosaic Templars State Temple

Storyline - April 26, 2018

On April 23, Governor Asa Hutchinson and Stacy Hurst, state historic preservation officer and director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH), revealed the restoration, rehabilitation and occupation plans for the Mosaic Templars State Temple building, the last remaining building built by the Mosaic

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Arkansas State House Society to Host Derby Day Fundraiser

Storyline - April 26, 2018

Don your Southern summer best and enjoy food from Brewski's Pub & Grub while sipping on specialty drinks — like mint juleps, of course! — great locally made whiskey from Rock Town Distillery and craft beer from Lost Forty. The party starts at 3 p.m. on May 5

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New Exhibit Honors 'Sons and Daughters of Arkansas's Delta at War'

Storyline - April 26, 2018

In commemorating the centennial of America’s military involvement in World War I, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena has created an exhibition, "Over Here and There: the Sons and Daughters of Arkansas’s Delta at War," honoring the men and women of Arkansas’s Delta counties

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Main Street Arkansas Cities Invest More Than $68 Million in 2017

Storyline - April 26, 2018

  Main Street Arkansas cities recorded $68,731,656 in investments in downtown projects in 2017. Main Street Arkansas is a program area of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. “Investments in the historic commercial cores of our Main Street Arkansas towns show a

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New Hiking Trail at Natural Area

Storyline - April 26, 2018

Work has been completed on a new hiking trail at Devil’s Knob-Devil’s Backbone Natural Area (DKDBNA) in Izard County. The trail is open to the public and will be dedicated in a ceremony later this year. Blue diamonds mark the path of this moderately difficult trail.

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Hank Kaminsky Named 2018 Arkansas Living Treasure

Storyline - April 26, 2018

Since the age of 19, 79-year-old Hank Kaminsky of Fayetteville has made a living as a full-time sculptor. He creates abstract sculptures, portrait busts, plaques and medals, as well as jewelry, belt buckles and pendants, most of which are inspired by landscapes. He is probably best-known for

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ANHC Receives Grant for $500,000

Storyline - April 26, 2018

The Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) recently accepted a check for $500,000 from the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism (ADPT), the state agency responsible for administering the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant for Arkansas. The $500,000 that the ANHC received this year

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Archives Receives Movie Memorabilia Donation

Storyline - October 12, 2017

For 112 years, the Arkansas State Archives, a division of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, has maintained and preserved artifacts and archival materials pertaining to the state’s rich and unique history. Much of what the State Archives holds, though, comes through generous donations from

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Nominations Open for Arkansas Food Hall of Fame

Storyline - October 12, 2017

Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst announced recently that the nomination period for the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame is now open. Nominations will remain open through October 31, 2017. This is the second year for the statewide program to recognize the

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“True Faith, True Light” Delights Audiences Young and Old at Old State House Museum

Storyline - October 12, 2017

Since its opening in November 2016, "True Faith, True Light: The Devotional Art of Ed Stilley" has remained one of the most popular exhibits at the Old State House Museum. The installation tells the story of Ed Stilley, a “preacher man” from the rural Arkansas Ozarks, who

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Arkansas Heritage Month 2018 Grant Applications Open

Storyline - October 12, 2017

Department of Arkansas Heritage Director Stacy Hurst recently announced that the Arkansas Heritage Month 2018 grant application process is now open. Each year, dozens of organizations statewide apply for and receive grants to help develop local events and programs during Heritage Month, observed in May

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Changes Coming to First Families Exhibit at Old State House Museum

Storyline - October 12, 2017

Changes are coming to one of the Old State House Museum's most popular exhibits. The Old State House Museum is renovating its First Families Exhibit to tell the deeper stories of the First Ladies and Governors. The new First Ladies exhibit will no longer be

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'Come to the Table' at Historic Arkansas Museum's Candlelight Gala

Storyline - October 12, 2017

This year, Historic Arkansas Museum’s biennial Candlelight Gala invites patrons to “Come to the Table” Nov. 4 and celebrate Arkansas foodways – the intersection of food in the culture and tradition of Arkansas – from the Delta to the foothills of the Ozarks. The

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New Plant ID Markers at DAH Headquarters

Storyline - October 12, 2017

Moving into a new space often comes with adjusting to the way we use the space and what we need from it, including its green space. The Department of Arkansas Heritage’s (DAH) new headquarters and grounds are no different and as the agencies that

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Swannee Bennett Named Director of Historic Arkansas Museum

Storyline - October 12, 2017

Stacy Hurst, director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, in July named Swannee Bennett director of Historic Arkansas Museum (HAM). Bennett had been serving as interim director since December, when long-time director Bill Worthen retired. Bennett had been deputy director and chief curator at HAM

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Registration Open for MTCC’s 6th Annual Sweet Potato Pie Contest

Storyline - October 12, 2017

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC), a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is accepting applications for the 2017 “Say It Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Baking Contest. Registration is open now. The event will be Sunday, Dec. 3, from 2-5 p.m. Deadline for

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Civil War Roundtable of the Delta

Storyline - October 12, 2017

The Civil War Roundtable of the Delta will feature Dr. Bobby Roberts presenting a program entitled "The Unburdening of Southern History: Will the Removal of Confederate Monuments Unburden Us of Our Past?,” on Wednesday, Nov. 15. The program will be at the Beth El Heritage Hall from

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Rehabilitation Plans to be Announced at the Jacob Wolf House

Storyline - October 12, 2017

On October 17, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson and Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) Director Stacy Hurst will reveal the preservation and rehabilitation plans for the Jacob Wolf House Site and Territorial Courthouse. The public is invited to a reception at 2 p.m. to preview

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Arkansas Arts Council Accepting Mini Grant Applications

Storyline - October 12, 2017

The Arkansas Arts Council is accepting applications for two of its popular mini grant programs: Arts in Education Mini Grants and Arts for Lifelong Learning Mini Grants. Both grants provide funding for residency programs that will occur between Oct. 1, 2017,

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Expert Studies Butterfly Habitat at Natural Area

Storyline - October 12, 2017

As a small state division with a big mission, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission (ANHC) works in partnership to increase its reach. One of the ways that the ANHC achieves this is by contracting with individuals who are experts in specific areas of study.

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MTCC Debuts New Exhibit, 'Hidden No More'

Storyline - October 12, 2017

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) recently unveiled its 2017 Creativity Arkansas collection as part of a new exhibit, "Hidden No More." “Hidden No More” reveals the hidden history of how African Americans have shaped the narrative of Arkansas throughout the state’s history and comprises two

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2nd Annual Beans, Greens & Cornbread Cook-off

Storyline - October 12, 2017

In keeping with the Department of Arkansas Heritage’s recognition of the best in Arkansas foods through the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame initiative, the Delta Cultural Center will celebrate the culinary heritage of the Delta region with the second annual Beans, Greens &

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Passport Program Encourages Visits to Historic Sites

Storyline - October 12, 2017

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s National Register of Historic Places Passport program continues to encourage Arkansans and heritage tourists to visit historic sites around the state, learning about Arkansas’s history while gaining stamps for prizes. The AHPP developed the Arkansas National Register Passport Program to

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Arkansas Arts Council Seeks Nominations for 2018 Arkansas Living Treasure

Storyline - October 12, 2017

The Arkansas Arts Council is seeking nominations for the 2018 Arkansas Living Treasure award. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Nomination forms are available at www.arkansasarts.org. Since 2002, the Arkansas Living Treasure program honors an Arkansan who is outstanding

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A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I

Storyline - April 24, 2017

Often dubbed the Great War, World War I had a profound impact on Arkansas. The 2017 Heritage Month theme, A State of War: Arkansas Remembers World War I, reflects the ongoing centennial commemoration of the role of Arkansas – and the entire United

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Juneteenth scheduled for June 17

Storyline - April 24, 2017

Join the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) for its annual Juneteenth celebration on June 17. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of Juneteenth as a celebration of African American

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Louise Halsey named 2017 Arkansas Living Treasure

Storyline - April 24, 2017

If you ask Louise Halsey when her weaving career began, she'll tell you it started when she was only five years old. “I was an avid maker of potholders and God’s Eyes,” she said with a smile. Officially, her passion for weaving was born

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New law increases state tax credits for historic rehabilitation

Storyline - April 24, 2017

One of Arkansas’s best incentives for the restoration of historic properties in the state just got better with the Arkansas General Assembly’s passage of Act 393 of 2017. The new law increases the amount of state tax credits available for certified rehabilitation projects on eligible properties that are

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Archives partnership digitizes 24 Arkansas newspapers

Storyline - April 24, 2017

Phil Graham, longtime publisher of the Washington Post, addressed a crowd of journalists in 1963 where he urged his colleagues to continue to produce the “first rough draft of history.” Historians have long valued newspapers as historical sources. The Arkansas State Archives, in partnership

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DCC to host 'Hometown Teams' sports exhibit

Storyline - April 24, 2017

Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Kickball. Surfing. People around the country are drawn to compete in these sports and many others. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. The Delta

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Another endangered bat documented at Hell Creek Natural Area

Storyline - April 24, 2017

A federally endangered species, the Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), was recently added to the list of endangered species at Hell Creek Natural Area in Stone County. Two Indiana bats were documented during surveys in February by Bryan Rupar, ANHC Chief of Land Acquisition and Stewardship; Patrick

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44th Annual Territorial Fair to feature Historic Arkansas Foodways

Storyline - April 24, 2017

Discover the cultures and conditions that shaped what 19th century Arkansans ate by taking a culinary tour through time as you watch frontier cooking at several stops and collect recipes as you go. Historic Arkansas Museum’s 44th Annual Territorial Fair will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May

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Old State House to host Arkansas Artifact Fair

Storyline - April 24, 2017

Bring World War I artifacts or other family treasures to the Old State House Museum on May 7 to learn more about them. In recognition of the centennial observation of World War I, the Arkansas Artifact Fair is an opportunity for anyone with an artifact or family

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New MTCC exhibit to explore family, community

Storyline - April 24, 2017

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is pleased to announce its latest exhibit, which features the work of New York-based photographer Nina Robinson, will open June 6. In 2014, Robinson’s grandmother and family matriarch fell ill. Compelled to visit her in Arkansas, Robinson traveled from New

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Erica Campbell to headline 17th Annual Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Fest

Storyline - April 24, 2017

Recording artist and radio host Erica Campbell will headline the 17th Annual Arkansas Delta Family Gospel Fest on Saturday, May 20. This free event will run from noon to 7 p.m. on the Cherry Street Pavilion in downtown Helena. Campbell brings her style of urban

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Monuments around Arkansas honor WWI veterans

Storyline - April 24, 2017

At least 71,862 Arkansans served in the U.S. military during World War I, and some 2,183 died before the Great War ended. Many monuments were raised to honor the veterans after hostilities ceased, and five of them are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. One

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